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Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry

3/24/2017 - 12/31/2017, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Visitors will see rare artifacts and photographs. They’ll learn about legendary players like Mordecai Brown and Rogers Hornsby and newer stars like Jake Arrieta and Yadier Molina. They’ll also be able to interact with the exhibit by sharing their own Cards-Cubs memories, answering trivia questions and playing a home run derby as their favorite team. “The Rivalry” was developed in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, an unprecedented partnership from all three organizations for an exhibit of this type. 

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Michiko Itatani: Celestial Visions

4/20/2017 - 6/5/2017, Monday-Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday Noon to 4:30 pm

Michiko Itatani is one of Chicago's most well-respected contemporary artists. This exhibition features new acquisitions of drawings and prints alongside installation-based and heroically scaled figurative paintings from the Museum’s Fine Art Collection. Exhibition will be on display at the Illinois State Museum through June 5, 2017. For more information contact Robert Sill at or 217-524-5744.

Museum Admission: Adults ages 19-64: $5. Members, youth, seniors, military, veterans: Free


Concert at the Carillon

5/3/2017 - 9/27/2017, Every Wednesday: 6:30 pm
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

Abe's River Race

5/27/2017, 8 am - 3 pm
Abe's River Race is a timed race for competitive paddlers or a more leisurely paddle for non-competitors.  Many racing divisions for men, women and youth -- all with cool prizes and some cash available too!  All paddlers will have the opportunity to explore approximately 13.5 miles of the lower Sangamon River as it flows north from Sangamon County past Lincoln's New Salem Historic Site to Petersburg, IL!   We encourage you all to dress your boat, dress your paddle, and, of course, dress yourself.  Get your Abe on!

A Spirited Stroll: Tree Tour & Ice Cream Social

5/27/2017, 1 pm - 4 pm

A historical tree tour through Oak Ridge Cemetery. Keynote Speaker Maj. Gen. Michael Zerbonia. Enjoy ice cream, shortcake, strawberries and lemonade as well as live music by the Muni Band and Wildwood Strings. 

AMA All Star TT & Springfield Mile Motorcycle Races

5/27/2017 - 5/28/2017, Sa: 7 pm; Su: 1pm
Enjoy fast-paced action and non-stop thrills of national level motorcycle racing at the Multi Purpose Arena and on the fastest mile dirt track.
Gates Open: Sa: 4 pm; Su: 9 am
Races Start: Sa: 7 pm; Su: 1 pm

Legacy of Giving Music Festival

6/2/2017 - 6/3/2017, F. - 5 pm to Midnight; Sa. - Noon - Midnight
The successor to SOHO, Legacy of Giving Music Festival will feature 5 stages, 60 bands, a Family Fun area, and much more!! This is a great weekend to visit Springfield!! Bring the kids, bring the dogs! A great weekend outdoors while enjoying music and entertainment! All proceeds go to charity. 

Civil War Tech: Trench Warfare

6/3/2017, 10 am - 11 am
Civil War soldiers began using trenches to help them avoid increasing attacks from small arms and cannon fire. Discover how trenches were used during the 292-day battle at Petersburg, VA. How would you have used trenches in battle? Registration recommended. Ages 8-12. Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum thanks to generous support from AT&T. 

Outside at the Museum Super Saturday

6/3/2017, 11 am - 3 pm

Come celebrate No Child Left Inside Month at the Museum. Activities will include cloud watching, nature hunts, sidewalk chalk, plain air art, and more on the Museum porch and lawn. In the event of rain, activities will be moved inside.

Super Saturdays at the Illinois State Museum offer free, thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and feature crafts and educational games. Parents and families are encouraged to participate.

Museum admission is $5 for adults 19-64. Free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans.

56th International Carillon Festival

6/4/2017 - 6/9/2017, Concert Every Night: 6:30 pm
The International Carillon Festival, in beautiful Washington Park, features concerts by some of the world's finest carillonists. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Don't miss the Festival fireworks Friday evening. During the past five decades, the Festival has featured carillonists from: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the USA. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner as well as lawn chairs and blankets. There is large video screen are the base of the Carillon which allows the audience to view the carillonist during the performance. Fireworks on Friday June 9 at dusk (~9:15 pm) Fireworks Rain date, Saturday June 10, at dusk. 

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